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Sennheiser HD 700 Headphone (Jack plug ¼” (6.3 mm) stereo)
- Low Return Rate: 13% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: More than 85% 4 star and 5 star reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "hd700"
- Connectivity Technology: Wired/Wireless.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones for maximum wearing comfort. Cable length: 3 meter Symmetrical, silver-plated oxygen-free (OFC) copper cable
- Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction. Frequency response (Headphones)15 – 40.000 Hz (-3dB), 8 – 44.000 Hz (-10dB)
- Specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels and a flat frequency response. Nominal impedance: 150 ohms
- Highly optimized ventilated magnet system minimizes air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion
- Open-back ear cups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting-edge industrial design
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Bring excitement to the next stage of intensity with the new HD 700. Incorporating Sennheiser’s signature sound expertise, these open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones promises outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction. Paired with specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels, immense audio enjoyment is available at your fingertips.
Equaling the audio performance are the finest parts expressly selected for production – highly aesthetic dual-material yoke, angled acoustic baffle, detachable symmetrical silver-plated oxygen-free four-wire copper cable – for an optimal sound experience. In addition, exceedingly optimized ventilated magnet system minimizes air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion while a very low THD is achieved by the superior, extremely stable internal damping element.
The open-back ear cup design is not only revolutionary but also, to facilitate transparent sound. Extraordinary wearing comfort is ensured, with their ultra comfortable and luxurious earpads, together with its silicone-treated headband resulting in minimal headband resonance. All in all, the HD 700 invites the user to bask in true musical enjoyment.
What's in the box?
- 1 HD 700
- Instruction manual
-Open, circumaural dynamic stereo headphones.
- Outstanding soundstage with a warm and balanced audio reproduction.
- Specially-tuned, highly efficient drivers capable of delivering high sound pressure levels.
- Highly optimised ventilated magnet system minimises air turbulence and harmonic, intermodulation distortion.
- Open-back ear cups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting-edge industrial design and natural sound experience.
- Ultra comfortable and luxurious velour earpads, silicone-treated headband for minimal headband resonance.
- Innovative and highly aesthetic dual-material yoke for better stability and eliminates negative influences to sound quality.
- Very low THD achieved by top-notch and extremely stable internal damping element.
- Symmetrical and detachable silver-plated oxygen-free four-wire copper cable for better conductivity at higher frequencies.
- Designed in Germany, assembled in Ireland.
- 2 year warranty.
If the HD 700 headphones were a music group, it would be equally gifted in every style. Whether classic, jazz or rock, it would have sound mastery of each genre. Regardless of what song it’s currently playing, its timbre is always warm and emotional. With its exceptional and unique range, reproduction of the lowest and highest tones that the human ear cannot consciously perceive is now achievable. This is a true maestro and an unforgettable listening experience suited for every musical taste.
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for years I read the horror stories about the hd700 and it's "ear bleeding" sibilance. I've seen people say its like ice picks to their ear drums. others say it's like a devil's dentist drill, shredding their ear drums (no joke!). and lets not even bring up the frequency response graphs.....
I always thought the reviews seemed odd, could it really be that bad? at that time the 700 was well over $750, which was way out of my budget. but the recent prices (got mine for $430) brought it down to my level. why not, I figured. I could always return it if it was as bad as "they" say.
well, guess what? it's not bad. nope, not at all. actually it's good. how good? quite good! hd800 good? no, but then again it wasn't supposed to be that good. if it was, why even have the 800? $1000 good? no, I wont go that far. $500 good? oh yeah! now we're talking.
I wont go into super detail on the sound signature, as it's been done to death. instead I want to focus on what I feel are misconceptions, and parroting. and by parroting, I mean the epidemic online of people just regurgitating things they've read/heard, without having any first hand experience. just go on headfi, it's a popular parrot destination. and I strongly believe the hd700 is a victim of overaggressive parroting on many sites, not just headfi. a few early adopters didn't like the highs, and suddenly the hd700 was "like having ice picks in my ears". really?
lets get down to it, the highs. that's what most people considering this headphone want to know about. are they really that bad? for me, and my ears and ACTUAL experience, nope, not at all. I'm running my 700 on a bifrost 4490 and lyr 2 (gold lion tubes). tidal hd, and the most random list of music known to man. some good quality, some not so good (metal, get your quality up!). so how are the highs? crisp, detailed, extended, slightly warm. sibilant? no, not at all, at least for my old ears. I do hear the peaks others have described in great detail. but they don't pierce my ears. they don't cause me discomfort. sorry folks, the devil and his dental drill from hell are not shredding my eardrums. no ice picks either. I must be deaf, I guess, because I actually really like the highs. they offer a level of clarity and sparkle few of my other headphones can even come close to. I will admit the peaks on low quality recordings (metallica death magnetic) can get pretty intense. but I fault the recording more than the headphones. death magnetic is a clipped, shrill mess on most of my headphones.
so there you have it, the highs are pretty good. I wont lie, I was really nervous trying them on for the first time. I had the volume down so low I could barely hear anything. I was so worried the 700 would shred my eardrums. 5 minutes later I was at pretty obscene volume levels and not wincing at all. in comparison, my msr7 would be much more fatiguing and uncomfortable sounding at lesser volumes. even my q701 sounds harsher up top than the hd700.
ok mids/lows, i'll be more concise. mids are ever so slightly recessed, or maybe just neutral. but they definitely sound farther away than my alpha prime, q701, and pm3. those three are my mid range masters. but the 700's mids are still beautiful sounding. warm, detailed, with great weight and texture. vocals are glorious, even if I do feel I'm sitting a few rows back from where I'd like to be. bass is excellent. it's tight, with fast decay, and almost planar like in it's detail. believe it or not, I was more surprised by the bass than I was the highs. I had that feeling the commotion about the highs were exaggeration. but no one talked about the bass. and the bass just blew me away with it's depth and texture. I honestly put the bass on these right up there with my all time bass favorite, my alpha prime. the prime doesn't have the deepest bass, but to my ears, it's the most detailed and textured. well the 700 isn't as good, but boy does it come close.
the soundstage is just as exquisite as you've read elsewhere. it's wide, it's deep, it's precise. if the hd800 didn't exist, it would probably be the best soundstage out there. it's that good.
at 150ohms, the 700 doesn't need a ton of power, but an amp is required. I tried plugging into my iphone 6s and got so so volume levels, and absolutely dead dynamics. it was pretty lifeless, as I expected. I tried it on my dragonfly black. more volume, more dynamics, but still not that great. bass was flubby (it's a word!). highs did pierce. soundstage was tight. those drivers wanted more power. ok, dragonfly red. whoa..... the red is actually powering this thing pretty well! had to lower the volume a lot. the whole sound experience exploded. the stage expanded, the highs smoothed out, the bass tightened up, and it actually sounded....well, good! ok, lets get these on the big rig (bifrost/lyr). WHOA..... take everything I said about the red, and it did it more. finally, the drivers had all the power they needed. the bass now had it's planar like speed and precision. highs further smoothed. extended? yes? harsh? no no no. well not until a death magnetic track came on my shuffled playlist. that made me turn down the volume, I wont lie.
bottom line, for under $500, the hd700 is a killer headphone. it's not the eardrum killer it's reputation suggests. maybe sennheiser did a mid cycle retuning? I suspect so, as all the 2012-2013 reviews were critical. then the 700 seemed to garner refreshed interest around 2015-2016, and those reviews were far more positive. my guess is a few factors are at play here. first, I'm guessing it had a retune around 2014/2015. sennheiser is notorious for retuning their headphone without any press releases or model number changes. please, sennheiser, stop that! I love the fact that you're improving your products. just tell us! second, I think the graph lovers unfairly crucified the set. there were some prominent figures in the audio world who absolutely hated the uneven frequency peaks on the 700. next thing you know, the parrots were out in full force spouting off about graph peaks. and that leads me to my last point, the parrots. if you've spent any time researching the 700 online, you'll have run across the big audio forums like headfi, changstar, sbaf, reddit, etc. and what do you find there? 99% parrots. how many times have I read people say "I've read" or "I heard", when talking about the hd700, and none of them have any firsthand experience with it. I'm not saying there is no useful information there, because there is. you just need to know who's parroting and who's actually speaking from experience.
and that leaves me with this last point, then i'll get off my soapbox. we all hear differently. add to that we all enjoy different sonic signatures. what's bass heavy to one person might be bass light to another, and so on. so I end with this, everything I've said applies to MY OPINIONS FROM FIRSTHAND USE of the hd700. for me, its great. you might like it, you might not. don't take anything here as fact. until YOU put them on and listen for yourself, you wont know the facts FOR YOU. deep breath...stepping off the soapbox......good night......
I thought the Sennheiser HD700 would be like other headphones where you could just put them on your head and listen but because of the angled drivers, you need to get a good seal around your ears and the center of the drivers need to be right over the ear canal. It helps to push the ear cups towards your ear once you have them in position.
The problem I was having when I first received the headphones was that the sound was muddy, the high tones were missing, and imaging and resolution was poor. I tried burning them in for 120 and there was no difference at all. I was getting ready to return them for a refund but I tried them without my glasses and the sound completely transformed.
Once I got them situated properly on my head, they had the most neutral, detailed, and lifelike sound of any headphone I have ever tried. Compared to my Sennheiser HD600 and Byerdynamic DT990, it was like a veil had been removed. I always thought the HD600 had neutral tonal balance but the HD700 revealed colorations I never noticed before.
I am running the HD700 headphones from the headphone jack of a Marantz 5005 CD player or Onkyo C-9050 CD player and the sound is fantastic. I do not feel any need for a separate headphone amplifier. I listen exclusively to classical and opera.
My favorite thing about these headphones is the sound of the lower strings in the orchestra. The sound is textured, just like it is at a live performance. I usually sit in the first 3 rows and the HD700’s will put you there or in the orchestra depending on the microphone placement on the recording.
There have been some reviewers that complain of a harsh or forward treble but I have not had that problem on any of the recordings I have listened to. However, HD700 are very detailed, so they might be hearing recording artifacts that are masked by other headphones or speakers.
My only complaint is that when I had the headphones adjusted to be comfortable on my head, I was having problems with the sound. After I took off my glasses and tightened the headband, it fixed the sound problems but now they are not as comfortable. For best results, the headphones need to fit tight on the head with the center of the drivers directly over the ear canal. For me to do that, the back of the ear cups are pushing against the back of my ears.
I was not able to get the ear cups to seal properly with my eye glass frames but you might not have this problem depending on your frames. Once I was able to get the ear cups properly situated, I could put my glasses on and still get good sound but I always get better sound and comfort by removing my glasses.
The Sennheiser HD700 is not only the best sounding headphone I have ever heard, it is also better than any speaker system I have ever heard. They reproduce the sound of the orchestra and voices from top to bottom with accuracy that is unsurpassed by anything else I have heard. When they are properly setup, they give a wide, deep sound stage that puts surround-sound to shame.
I have read some reviews where people complain that the treble is too loud and harsh, the midrange is not loud enough, there is too much bass, or there is not enough bass. I have heard all these problems with these headphones at one time or another and every time I was able to fix the problem by either adjusting the earcups placement on my head or by decreasing the volume.
I cannot emphasis how important it is to not play the HD700 headphones too loud. It is really easy to do because they are so low in distortion but if you do, you degrade the sound and you will not get the wide, deep sound stage.
I generally set the volume to where it sounds best to start. If I do not get the sound stage, then I start lowering the volume a little bit at a time until the sound stage pops into place. It is not easy to get it just right and it normally takes me 5 to 10 minutes but it is worth the effort. When adjusting the volume, I use very small increments that are not audible but it works kind of like focusing an old style camera. Think of it as focusing the sound stage.
I generally take my glasses off when using the HD700 headphones but if I am watching a video, then I use an older pair of glasses where the frames are less intrusive.
At the current Amazon price of $429 they are a bargain. If you listen to classical and opera, you should give the Sennheiser HD700 a try.